Silent Waters (2004)
Critic Consensus: Set in the late 1970s, Silent Waters is a well-meaning but plodding look at the rise of extremism in Pakistan.
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Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar directs the political drama Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters). Set in a small Pakistani village in 1979, the film follows widowed family matriarch Ayesha (Kirron Kher) as she struggles under the martial law that declares her country a Muslim state. Her teenage son Saleem (Aamir Malik) is encouraged by his wealthy girlfriend Zubeida (Shilpa Shukla) to get a job. However, he ends up hanging out with a bunch of Muslim fundamentalists and causing trouble for the Sikh pilgrims. Meanwhile, Ayesha remembers secrets from her past awakened by the arrival of the Sikh pilgrim Jaswant (Navtej Johar). Silent Waters won the Golden Leopard award at the 2003 Locarno International Film Festival. … More
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Critic Reviews for Silent Waters
By the time you understand the meaning of its title, Sabiha Sumar's film has delivered an emotional punch.
Even behind the veil, the movie tells us, there is dissent -- cinematic dissent.
Silent Waters means well, but falls way short of its mark of enlightening the world to the plight of South Asian women in this period of history. It just isn't believable enough.
The filmmakers provide a well-meaning, well-timed Pakistani portrait.
Although taking place 25 years in the past, director-writer Sabiha Sumar's debut feature has relevance in the world as we now know it.
Audience Reviews for Silent Waters
Beautiful film that deals with the remnants of the issues of partition. Family secrets are unveiled when Sikh pilgrams arrive in Pakistan and the eldest son goes fundamentalist. Saddening.
Emotionally gripping. I felt connections with both the Pakistani Muslims and the Hindi Sikhs during this Islamic movement.
Silent Waters had moments when you felt that it was going to become a great film but never reached the greatness you expected. The story of a family torn by the religious extremism Silent Waters is a good film that never became as great as it should have been,
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